Otomycosis in Burma, and its Treatment

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  • National Health Laboratory and Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital, Rangoon, Burma

Otomycosis of the auditory canal is common in Burma. Of 346 cases of otitis externa seen in a hospital outpatient clinic during two consecutive rainy seasons, 189 were due to fungus infection. Aspergillus species were the fungi isolated most frequently. Infection was most commonly due to self-manipulation. Itching and tinnitus were common complaints. Treatment by local cleansing and application of antifungal agents was effective, 10% 5-fluorocytosine ointment being most successful.